I'll be posting individual losses for everyone later this week, but check out this awesome Lithe Escape success story. Lither Kristy G. wanted me to take her picture on Thursday when we arrived in Tulum and again on Monday morning immediately after our final workout. Look at her gorgeous results! In Kristy's own words...
When I left for Lithe Escape I really didn’t know what to expect for myself because I am what you might call a different breed of Lither. I mean, I knew I would be working out a TON, but I already Lithe an average of six days a week so what was I going to get done in four short days? I joke with Lauren that I have the willpower of an ant because I Lithe 5-7 days a week, but also eat and drink to a level that one may consider concerning.
Working in the food industry leads to many extra drinks or bottles at the table and an extra dish or five of foie gras. And to be honest, I just don’t want to say no. My average day usually starts with green juice, and then moves on to something relatively healthy for lunch usually post midday Lithe, and then I have dinner which can easily include 4-5 bourbon drinks and 6-8 shared dishes of food which always include some type of red meat. Oh and there is a lot of coffee happening throughout the whole day. I just love the flavor of strong delicious coffee, so you'll often find me hopped up on caffeinated deliciousness.
Fast-forward to the Escape and I was still eating non-stop. I mean I had the most oversized plate of huevos amongst the group, but this time it was different. I could feel the difference in the quality of the ingredients and every meal went this way. I was so worried about not being full that I stocked up on Lithe's kale cashew bars to take with me and let me tell you I didn’t open a single one. Our second to last dinner was an awesome Thai curry (I'm known to be judgmental when it comes to food) and I seriously could not finish it. Half of my fish stayed in the bowl.
Now you must be wondering, did I drink? If you've met me, you obviously know that I did. However, Lauren said as long as I stuck to no more than two per night I would still see results. So, that's what I did. I mean, you can’t go to Mexico and not have a margarita, right? I didn't think that I would see dramatic results because I was drinking, but I was also okay with that because it was the perfect balance of getting on track while also being realistic to the life I was returning to on Monday night.
When we got our measurements, I thought, woah 9 inches. That was definitely more than I thought I would lose, but I am usually pretty hard on myself so I initially was like ah if you didn’t have those two margaritas you would have had a few more. Then later on last night when I was home, Lauren sent me my before and after pictures and almost fell off my chair, that is what 9 inches look like – GO ME! I always feel like I'm slowly getting stronger at Lithe, but this is a different feeling of strong that I don’t quite know how to explain and my confidence switch has flipped.
If you want to know if I feel lighter, my answer is actually not really (although I did lose 2 pounds). However, I feel fabulous and this trip made me realize that's what actually matters. I AM stronger, I AM definitely in shape and I WILL continue to grow as a Lither and as a person even with a drink or two. I don’t know if I fully believed in the magic of Lithe Escape before I left, but I can tell you for sure you’ll see me on the next one!
Images of Kristy via Lauren
It's no secret that I absolutely love Lithe Escape. I've said many times that it's my retirement plan. This trip to Mexico was rushed, but I'd rather throw a small trip together in a month's time than not go at all.
In just four short days, seven strangers completed 15 hours of Lithe Escape fitness, cleaned up their diets (without going hungry), lost more than a total of 40 inches, pushed each other to their physical limits, supported each other, and became fast friends.
Lithe Escape is a heck of a lot of work, but it's some of the most gratifying work that I get to do. Why? It all boils down to the power of positive, authentic people which is truly what Lithe is all about. Sure, Lithe is a workout at its core, but more so, it's a network of great people who embrace fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. Lithe is all about inspiring and empowering people, lifting their spirits, and cheering them on to achieve their goals. Sure, we've always been all about the pack mentality, but we're also about believing in ourselves, and working hard to achieve our goals individually.
No matter how driven and confident you are, it's near impossible to achieve your goals if you surround yourself with negative people who make you doubt yourself when the seas get rough. Are there people in your life that attempt to cripple or sabotage your goals? Sometimes it may not even be obvious - you have to look closely - they may completely support your interests while making you doubt yourself at the same time.
All relationships should be built on a real desire to see each other healthy, happy and successful, and if someone important in your life tries to persuade you to give up on your dreams (even if they think they are acting in your best interest), be true to you. It can take some serious self-confidence and determination to ignore their opinions, but it's so important to keep your eye on the prize and release them from your life, and onto their greater destiny.
In my late twenties I was dating a man that I was very much in love with. I was teaching at a studio in North Jersey where the owner was a real mentor to me – she let me rent space to train my clients and teach my "Pilates-Evolved" workouts, as I called them at the time.
After a year of teaching at said studio, I built a real following and I realized that I had started to create something really special. My boyfriend and I moved to Philadelphia to be closer to our families, and I decided to open up Lithe: A Pilates-Evolved Studio right in the middle of the brownfields of Northern Liberties in 2005. I knew that it was time to turn my passion into a real business and I was dead set on digging my heels in to achieve my dream.
When I initially told my boyfriend my plans of opening up my own studio, he tried to persuade me not to do it. He thought that my idea was way too risky. He thought that I would make more money (and have far less stress) if I worked for someone else. He gave me all sorts of reasons why I couldn't and shouldn't do my own thing. He would say, "Who is going to trust you teaching this new method? Why would you want to open a studio in a new city in really sketchy area without ONE customer? "It's too much. What are you thinking? Why not just work for someone else?"
I was hell bent, of course, and looking back now, I think that he was drawing from his own life, because at the time his company was going through rough times. Even though his doubts were coming from a good (and valid) place, I don't think that he realized that he was absolutely killing my self-esteem.
Thankfully, our relationship didn't work out and about three years ago he messaged me to tell me that he was proud of me, admitted he was wrong, and also apologized for trying to discourage me back in the day. I was happy that he recognized how through my work, I had been trying to inspire others to become the best they can be – and it really has been worth taking many risks.
Fast-forward a few years and now I find myself preaching to everyone to follow their dreams and never give up regardless of what's standing in their way. It's my best friend, business partner (and husband) Jordan that lifts me up and always reminds me to never give up, to never listen to the negative people who doubt me, or don't want to see me succeed. Having an awesome support system from him is what keeps me going, and inspires me to never give up on what's important. And honestly, it's his incredible positivity that has propelled me forward and allows me to have this amazing, successful brand and wonderful community that I (we) enjoy today.
Surround yourself with authentic, positive people that push you towards greatness and stand by you through thick and thin. Water always seeks it's own level, you know what I mean? Spend your time with those who inspire you to be your best version of yourself and are willing to tread through rough seas with you. Don't except anything less.
Speaking of treading through rough seas together, Lithe Escape always reminds me of the roots of the culture that we've created at Lithe and over the past few days, I've witnessed seven women lift each other up and become the best versions of themselves, and honestly it's SO contagious. I hope you run into a few of them this week. If you do, make sure you soak up some of their radiant positivity!
Image of a few Lithe Escapees, pre-workout at Amansala via Lauren
Some Lithe Escape essentials brought to you by many of the things that I'm currently lusting over: 1. Ancient Greek Ikaria Wing jelly sandles 2. Shock Absorber Active Zipped Plunge sports bra for high cardio classes in the pavilion, bike rides, and jungle Hot-stepper 3. New Balance 711 sneakers for jungle treks and climbing the ruins 4. Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine supportive neoprene bikini for beach workouts. 5. Lucas Hugh League sports bra for sculpting workouts and walks to town 6. Yoga mat 7. Coola mineral sunscreen 8. Fabletics Everyday tote 9. J.Crew tie-dye suit for sun and fun.
Images of Amansala Chica & Tulum, Mexico via brand websites
*Today is the last day to reserve your spot on our Fall Weekend Lithe Escape! Payment is due in full on Wednesday, 10.8.14.
Ready to get ultra-Lithe in paradise? From October 30-November 3, 2014, we're heading to the original eco-chic resort, Amansala on Mexico's Carribean coast. For four nights and five days we'll take over Amansala Chica, the all new 20-room, all suite outpost (complete with a beachfront juice bar and rooftop spa) that's organic, sustainable, hip – and right on the ocean's edge.
What is Lithe Escape? Getting back to basics. Eating fresh and simply, falling asleep to the sound of the sea, rustic, bohemian luxury, salt, sun, sand, sweat, spa, Lithe magic, new friends, and exploring.
Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded women. Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU.
Want to learn more? Download Lithe Escape Amansala
Ready to book your spot? Email email@example.com. Our awesome Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette is ready to assist you beginning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 10AM with flight information and roommate details.
Good morning and second week of our Fall Transformation! Looking for something hearty and filling that will re-set and power you through your Monday? This is my go-to dish pre-photoshoot or bikini. Protein-packed and nutrient-rich, Lauren's Beauty Breakfast is a nod to our Lithe Escape breakfast (subbing a kale variety for Caribbean callaloo): 1 egg, 2 egg whites, and 2 handfuls of fresh-picked kale sauteed in olive oil and Braggs Liquid Aminos.
Image via Lauren
The final WKND of the Summer was fantastic. Just looking at these pictures gets me super excited for F/W 2014 Lithe Escape (details coming soon!). Here are a few shots of our Lithe bikini babes at Lithe Beach doing walking lunges, abs, tilt-a-whirl and the dig.
Did you miss out on our Lithe Beach workouts this year? We have one session left on Saturday, September 6th from 8-10AM at Lithe Beach in Avalon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Images via Lauren
Check out these amazing results (fat loss!) in inches from our Escape crew. I always say that one week will make one strong, but in this case, FOUR days will make one strong. I had a blast last week and I can't wait to share more pictures of our food, food philosophy, fitness and fun! Check out #litheescape on Instagram for more pictures!
Images via Lauren
Here's our #lithespringclean menu for week 1! Just like our Lithe Foods/Lithe Escape food philosophy, you'll notice that our menus are based on lean, local, mostly seasonal and detoxifying, whole foods. Our menus coincide with our lifestyle of hard work and consistency, so Monday through Friday you'll want to follow the rules. Moderation is key for long-term success, so Saturday and Sunday are yours to eat as you please!
This menu is exactly what I eat when I prep for a photo-shoot or special event. If it feels spartan to you, that's because it is. For the next five days we are creating a caloric deficit, reducing bloat and burning off the layer of fat that is sitting on top of our muscles.
Remember to drink 64 oz of water everyday, and Lithe 5-6 days a week. Please trust our schedules (don't chase cardio!). Stay tuned for recipes (like our open-faced avocado) and more food, fitness and tip starting tomorrow. Good luck, you can do it! Now lets go shopping!
Image of Lauren Boggi via Dom
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